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I thought I’d share with you the process I use to paint Caucasian flesh colour on my 28mm miniatures. I’m by no means an expert but this works for me.
Firstly his figure has been primed using Games Workshop wraithbone spray primer, if I don’t have that to hand then I just use a basic white primer.
Secondly I paint Games Workshop Gulliman Flesh contrast paint on the skin or a flesh ink from warpainter, this runs into all the creases creating shadow and allowing me easily to see the definition of muscles and the face.
At this point I paint the white of the eye which means in the next stage I can shape the eyes if I’ve been careless.
Third stage is to paint the raised flesh, my personal favourite for this is Scale75 brand basic flesh, although if you want a more tanned tone there are many other options.
Fourth stage is to use Scale75 light flesh to pick out highlights on the nose, forehead, chin, cheeks and other high spots such as the muscles, I take my time with this and use a damp brush to try and layer the paint on top of the basic colours.
Once this is done I may use an even lighter flesh tone to pick out the tips of the nose etc. or any other points you want at accent as catching the light, but this depends on the sculpt of the miniature.
Then its all the tidying up, get the eye dots in, use a slightly pinky red flesh mix to get the lips painted, but not too red or it looks like they are wearing makeup, unless that’s the look you want.
Once you’ve got this method sorted you can play around adding stubble or five o’clock shadow, flushed cheeks, or if the sculpt allows even open mouths with teeth etc.
In my own personal opinion the face of a figure is the most important part, this is where you are naturally drawn to look and can help bring a character to life.
These pictures are a work in progress, I’ll post up a finished skin/face pictures in the next blog post.